Prague, July 9 (CTK) – The Czech Labour and Social Affairs Ministry will soon send another 720 million crowns to the facilities looking after the handicapped and seniors to prop up their operation, the government decided at its meeting late on Wednesday.

The ministry’s proposal was originally rejected by the Finance Ministry.

The Labour and Social Affairs Ministry will cover the whole amount from its own internal resources. According to the original plan, 420 million crowns were to be provided from the government’s budget reserve.

The Labour and Social Affairs Ministry seeks additional financial means for the social services every year because the annual subsidy of seven to eight billion crowns is always insufficient.

The ministry has 7.85 billion crowns for subsidies this year, while the social services would need almost 11.77 billion crowns, it said in its report for the government. The subsidies cover only 67 percent of the needed finances. They started to be distributed by the regions this year.

According to the first state draft budget for next year, 7.71 billion crowns are to go to the social services, while the ministry demands 9.97 billion crowns.